Monthly Archives: November 2009

Giving Thanks

Carol just took a call from a cook whose turkey wound up sitting out on the counter all night. “What did you tell her?” I asked. “Well,” Carol said, “she had put the turkey in at 2:00 am, and had told her son to cover it at 3:30, but he got confused and took it […]

Ever Wonder What People Ask the Talk-Line Experts?

This morning, Carol Miller, who has been answering phones at the Butterball Talk-Line for 25 years,  said to me, “Do you want to hear a cute story?” Yes, I said, because I am all about cute stories. Especially when they involve turkey. A man called the Turkey Talk-Line today from New York City, to ask […]

The View from Here

Ever wonder what the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line looks like? The Talk-Line experts are serious about making you feel welcome; they are kind and generous and happy to help. And they know more about how to cook a turkey than you would ever imagine possible. Go ahead, ask them a question. You can’t stump them. I […]

A Butterball Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s snowing here in Naperville, at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line headquarters; I am ill prepared for the weather (I didn’t bring any gloves! what was I thinking?!?). Fortunately, it’s warm and cozy inside — and also busy busy, with phones ringing and experts answering every imaginable question. Here are a few numbers to […]

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Preparation

Sometimes Thanksgiving just creeps up on you and before you know it, you have an entire meal to plan for a group of people. Or maybe your original plans fell threw and you offered to entertain some friends and family in your home. Don’t panic! You can have a successful Thanksgiving with barely any planning […]

What to Do With All That Leftover Turkey

I always buy a much larger turkey than I need for Thanksgiving.  Given the amount of people who are eating at my house on Thanksgiving, this is quite a feat. I like having a lot of leftovers to make into other dishes.  Of course I save the carcass and make it into turkey soup.  I […]

First Thanksgiving

Poultry and I have a longstanding and failed relationship. It started when I tried to cook a chicken early on in my marriage and I succeeded in burning the skin to a crisp while keeping the insides cold, bloody and raw. I have since invested in three separate meat thermometers (165°F for poultry!) and have […]

Make This a Mad Men Thanksgiving

The hardest part of hosting a holiday meal isn’t the menu or the seating — most often, it’s deciding what to wear. How do you strike a perfect balance between festive and comfortable? This year, take a tip from Mad Men’s Betty Draper and opt for a great dress. Not so long ago, dresses were […]

Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie

Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie is so much better than a simple apple pie. The cranberries add so much flavor and bright, festive color to the pie. Plus, it’s super easy to make, which means you can spend more time on your turkey and side dishes. Not to mention, socializing with all your dinner guests! This […]

Allergen Free Thanksgiving

Odds are if you host a gathering for Thanksgiving that one or more people will have some dietary restrictions.  It could be an allergy, keeping kosher, being vegetarian, or diabetic.  I am here to tell you that making small accommodations are easy, not to mention thoughtful at this time of year. Last year when I […]